Need For Speed Unbound: Best Starter Car [Top 8]

Learn all about the starter cars in NFS Unbound so that you can pick the best ones.

The Need For Speed games are known for the sheer number of cars that are featured in them. That is why picking a starter car while not knowing all the details can be frustrating. We have included all the necessary details that make it really easy for you to decide which starter car is the best for you in NFS Unbound.

Key Takeaways
  • There are three options for the first starter car in NFS Unbound.
  • You can pick between eleven cars for the actual starter cars.
  • For the online mode, you can choose between three cars.

NFS Unbound Best Starter Cars

Here are all the best starter cars: 

Starter CarHorse PowerTop SpeedAcceleration Max TorqueCost
Dodge Charger667 BHP179 MPH0-60 MPH in 4.1 secondsN/AN/A
Lamborghini Countach492 BHP193 MPH0-60 MPH in 4.0 secondsN/AN/A
Nissan Silvia394 BHP195 MPH0-60 MPH in 4.3 secondsN/AN/A
Honda Civic 2000182 BHP146 MPH0-60 MPHs in 6.8 seconds160 Nm$34,500
Mitsubishi Eclipse 1999210 BHP 150 MPH60 MPHs in 6.8 seconds290 Nm$35,000
Subaru BRZ 2014197 BHP143 MPH0-60 MPHs in 6.4 seconds205 Nm$33,250
Mazda MX-5 1996128 BHP114 MPH0-60 MPHs in 8.5 seconds152 Nm$33,800
Ford Crown Victoria 2008 224 BHP135 MPH0-60 MPHs in 9.2 seconds369 Nm$34,600
Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec.N/A152 MPH0-60 MPH in 5.5 secondsN/AN/A
Volkswagen Golf GTI ClubsportN/A156 MPH0-60 MPH in 5.8 secondsN/AN/A
Mercedes-AMG G 63N/A149 MPH0-60 MPH in 5.4 secondsN/AN/A
NFS UNBOUND best starter car
Starter Cars. [Image by eXputer]

There are three starter cars, and your choice will definitely be influenced by the type of player that you are because these three cars have different strengths and weaknesses. The three Car Types are muscle cars, exotic cars, and tuner cars. 

Each type has a car choice, and hardcore fans of the series will immediately recognize that these types are a throwback to the older Need For Speed titles. While these cars are some of the best cars at what they do, they are different from each other. Meaning that one of them may be good at one with whereas falling short in categories that the other cars are good at.

Dodge Charger

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Dodge Charger. [Captured by eXputer]

Horse Power

Speed

Acceleration

Max Torque

Cost

667 BHP

179 MPH

0-60 MPH in 4.1 seconds

N/A

N/A

The 1969 Dodge Charger R/T is one of the cars available for you to pick at the start of the game. It is a classic muscle car, and many series fans will immediately recognize its signature looks. This car excels at drifting and is the best among the three if you want to go with that route. It has unmatched horsepower, which allows it to drift with immaculate precision. 

Due to having the highest horsepower among the starter cars, it falls short in the top speed category. This is because the gearbox only has 4 gears instead of the 5 or 6 gears common for race cars. Although, that might not be a problem for those who are muscle car fans. It is understood that muscle cars feel heavy to drive, but that risk is paid off thanks to the handling that these cars provide.

Lamborghini Countach

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Lamborghiini Countach.  [Captured by eXputer]

Horse Power

Speed

Acceleration

Max Torque

Cost

492 BHP

193 MPH

0-60 MPH in 4.0 seconds

N/A

N/A

The 1988 Lamborghini Countach is perhaps the most balanced car out of the three while being exotic. It is also the fastest accelerating car of the bunch, beating out the other two options. It is for players who want a car that does well at everything. One could say that it is the jack of all trades. 

While it doesn’t have as much horsepower as the Dodge Charger, it has more horsepower than the Nissan Silvia. Similarly, it has more top speed than the Charger but falls behind on speed compared to the Silvia. But, without a doubt, it is the best at accelerating among the three. The Countach is the best option for straightforward tracks without many turns, as it can accelerate faster than the other two, at a rate of 0-60 MPH in just 4 seconds.

Nissan Silvia

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Nissan Silvia. [Image by eXputer]

Horse Power

Speed

Acceleration

Max Torque

Cost

394 BHP

195 MPH

0-60 MPH in 4.3 seconds

N/A

N/A

The 1998 Nissan Silvia K’s, a classic tuner car, is the top choice for pure speed and style among starter cars. Despite its lower horsepower than other options, it excels in speed on both tracks and off-road. It outperforms the Lamborghini Countach in off-roading capabilities. However, its acceleration lags by 0.2 seconds, affecting on-track performance. Still, it’s a great option for those seeking off-roading and drifting while having the fastest car.

Honda Civic 2000

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Honda Civic.  [Captured by eXputer]

Horse Power

Speed

Acceleration

Max Torque

Cost

182 BHP

146 MPH

0-60 MPHs in 6.8 seconds

160 Nm

$34,500

The 2000 Honda Civic Type-R is perhaps one of the best options that you can pick for your starter car. It has a front-wheel drive, so it is not as adept at drifting, but it excels at all the other options. This car is also a trademark of the Need For Speed series, as it has appeared many times throughout the games. 

It costs $34,500 and is a good bang for your buck if you pick this car. Besides drifting and takeover events, the Honda Civic is a beast of a car that you should pick if you are unsure of which route to go. Here are the stats of this car:

  • Horsepower: 182 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  160 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 146 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 6.8 seconds.

Mitsubishi Eclipse 1999

NFS UNBOUND best starter car
Mitsubishi Eclipse.  [Captured by eXputer]

Horse Power

Speed

Acceleration

Max Torque

Cost

210 BHP

150 MPH

0-60 MPHs in 6.8 seconds

290 Nm

$35,000

The 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX is another all-rounder option, just like the Honda Civic 2009. It features all-wheel drive so it is a bit better at handling than the Honda Civic 2009. But in terms of pure stats, this car is unmatched. It is also the fastest car on the list and also has a pretty decent horsepower to boot. 

It costs $ 35,000 and is the most expensive car on our list, but keeping in mind the price-to-performance ratio, it is the best option that money can buy at the start of the game. The only problem that we can say the car has is that it is too expensive. Other than that, it is what we recommend you pick as your starter car. Here are all the stats of the Mitsubishi Eclipse 1999:

  • Horsepower: 210 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  290 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 150 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 6.8 seconds.

Subaru BRZ 2014

NFS UNBOUND best starter car
Subaru BRZ. [Image credits: eXputer]

Horse Power

Speed

Acceleration

Max Torque

Cost

197 BHP

143 MPH

0-60 MPHs in 6.4 seconds

205 Nm

$33,250

The 2014 Subaru BRZ Premium is the cheapest option on our list, but it is not a bad car by any means. If you want to save money early on in the game, we suggest that you pick this car as it is relatively cheaper than the other options while also being a great car. 

Drifting is very easy on the Subaru BRZ as it has a lot of grips. The car is priced at $33,250 and is a very economical choice. We have listed its stats that you can check out:

  • Horsepower: 197 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  205 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 143 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 6.4 seconds.

Mazda MX-5 1996

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Mazda MX-5.  [Captured by eXputer]

Horse Power

Speed

Acceleration

Max Torque

Cost

128 BHP

114 MPH

0-60 MPHs in 8.5 seconds

152 Nm

$33,800

The 1996 Mazda MX-5 is a similar car to the Subaru BRZ Premium. It is not that expensive compared to some other options on the list. It provides similar utility as the BRZ while having a smaller form factor. While it may lack some power up front, a few upgrades will prepare it for any race. 

The car is priced at $33,800 at the start of the game. While it has the lowest horsepower of the cars we have listed, it can make up for it in other departments. It is also pretty good at drifting and can carry you throughout most of the game. Here are the stats of the MX-5:

  • Horsepower: 128 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  152 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 114 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 8.5 seconds.

Ford Crown Victoria 2008

NFS UNBOUND best starter car
Ford Crown Victoria.  [Captured by eXputer]

Horse Power

Speed

Acceleration

Max Torque

Cost

224 BHP

135 MPH

0-60 MPHs in 9.2 seconds

369 Nm

$34,600

The 2008 Ford Crown Victoria is perhaps the weakest option from the ones we have listed so far, but nonetheless, it is better than the other available cars we haven’t covered. Barely nudging its way into our top 5 list is the Crown Victoria, but that is nothing to scoff at. 

This car costs $34,600 in the game. It is on the expensive side of things. It has the most horsepower out of the cars we have listed and has a respectable top speed. Here are the car’s stats so that you can decide if it is the right pick for you. 

  • Horsepower: 224 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  369 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 135 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 9.2 seconds.

Remember that you will get a legendary version of this car if you progress the story to a certain point.

The Best Option

While there is no definite answer to this question, as it all depends on your preferences, we will try to recommend the best starter car. Each car can be the best for you, but we think the Lamborghini Countach is the best pick. 

Thanks to its balanced nature, it performs well under many circumstances. Compared to the fastest car, the Silvia, it is only slower by 2 MPH, which doesn’t make a huge difference. It has respectable horsepower and is also the best at accelerating, which can get you out of a pinch in many situations. 

The Lamborghini Countach is also the most expensive car out of the three, making it worth much more in the end. With that being said, the final choice is all up to you.

While you are here, be sure to check out our guide on How To Get BMW M3 GTR. If you are interested in all the cars, then be sure to check out All Cars [Complete List]. If you are new to the game, check out our 11 Best Need For Speed Unbound Tips & Tricks. If you want to learn how money glitches work, check out our guide on Money Glitch [Unlimited Cash].

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